It's Florida vs. Florida State in NCAA Volleyball Second Round tonight
The No. 1 University of Florida volleyball team hit .586, the second-highest hitting efficiency in school history and the highest in an NCAA Tournament match in school history, to defeat South Carolina State, 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 25-12) Friday night in the NCAA First Round at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
With the victory, the Gators (28-1) advanced to the NCAA Second Round and will play rival Florida State (22-10) tonight at 7:30 in the O'Dome.
Florida’s victory against South Carolina State (17-23) took 1 hour and two minutes, which tied for the second-shortest NCAA Tournament match in program history, second only to the Gators’ 55-minute postseason contest against Liberty on Dec. 2, 1999.
“I think that the numbers really speak for themselves, especially our hitting efficiency,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “We felt that we would have a match-up advantage because of our size. I thought that our serving just never allowed South Carolina State to get into a rhythm offensively. You could see in their athletes that they have a team full of players with really fast arms. Fortunately, we served well, and they just never got on track offensively. It was one of those good wins. You look around the country and, as we predicted, this would be a year where it would not be easy to advance. We’ll take this and move on and look forward to playing (tonight).”
In Friday's first match, Florida State junior Visnja Djurdjevic recorded a match-high 16 kills to lead the Seminoles to 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13) win over Georgia Southern.